Strip-Tilled Corn Acres, Soybean Yields Increase

The overall average of strip-tilled acres per farm grew by nearly 200, while average corn yields topped 190 and soybean yields jumped 4 bushels.


For the second year in a row, farmers increased the average number of acres they strip-tilled, despite a minor dip in the percentage of farm acreage strip-tilled.

Overall, survey respondents averaged 1,139 strip-tilled acres, compared to 948 reported in the 2015 study and 877 in 2014. But the percentage of total acreage being strip-tilled decreased slightly from 63.7% in last year’s study to 62.1%, although still well ahead of the 54% reported in 2014.

Another fluctuation came in the percentage of farmers strip-tilling their entire operation. This year’s study showed that 23.6% of respondents strip-till 100% of their farm in 2015, down about 6 percentage points from 2014 (29.9%), though well ahead of 2013 (11%).

It will be interesting to see if farmers continue to add strip-till acres and grow the niche farming practice. The results of the 8th Annual No-Till Operational Benchmark Study published by No-Till Farmer earlier this year are encouraging, with 10.5% of respondents saying they strip-till — nearly 3 points higher than reported in the 2015 study (7.7%).

Increasing Corn Acres

While overall adoption of strip-till appears to be on the rise, this year’s Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study revealed a shift in the amount of strip-tilled acres farmers allotted for corn and soybeans. The average number of strip-tilled corn acres increased for the second straight year, starting at 717 in 2013, to 737 in 2014 and 860 last year.

But for the first time, strip-tilled soybean acres declined to an average of 413, compared to 476…

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Jack Zemlicka

Jack Zemlicka was the Technology Editor for No-Till Farmer. His coverage included precision farming practices, products and trends, which can improve efficiency and productivity for no-till farmers.

He joined Lessiter Publications Ag Division in 2012 and also served as managing editor of Strip-Till Farmer.

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